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Connect to the Wild Earth To Capture Inspiring Shots

You might agree that capturing nature is inspiring. Drones, telescopes, and GoPros are modern technologies that help us do that to gain a greater appreciation of the world around us. They can help us educate others and broaden everyone’s appreciation of Earth’s natural wonders. The following are ways of connecting to the wild where you can capture the moment and have fun.

#1. shinrin-yoku

Capture what you see while forest bathing, otherwise known as shinrin-yoku, a Japanese practice of going out into the forest for wellbeing.

The concept was coined and promoted in 1982 by the Japanese government to encourage urbanites to immerse themselves in nature. It is based on scientific principles of trees having healing properties¹ that relieve our stresses and increase our immune response through activating our parasympathetic nervous system. The phytoncides released by the trees help improve our immune responses.

A forest is a place to unplug, awaken your spiritual side, and take the time to unleash your creative side.

What to Capture:

  • The colors, shapes, and textures of the forest life
  • The movement and calls of forest life
  • The robustness of the trees, the texture of the bark, the dampness around
  • The blossoms
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Shinrin-yoku – going out into the forest for inspiration

What not to do:

  • Don’t taste what you haven’t accurately identified as edible

#2. Moonlit Blooms

With this connection to the wild, you can beat the heat at least during summer and see nature at night.

When the sun sets, some flowers come alive under the cover of darkness.

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Night-blooming plants produce the hormone, florigen, during the day to trigger blooms at night.

The true Queen of the Night is the Selenicereus grandiflorus, a large flowering cactuswhich blooms once a year for one night only.  Found in the Antilles, Mexico, and Central America, it is rarely seen in cultivation, and so to capture this particular species would be a truly wild experience.

There is a large list of night blooming flora.

What to Capture:

  • The hue of the moonlit flora
  • The shadows
  • The night sky
  • The moths
  • Any nocturnal wildlife
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Connect to a moonlit garden for inspiring shots of wild Earth

While doing this, enjoy the therapy of the nocturnal aromas and sounds.

You could also capture the night sky. To capture shots of the moon with your smartphone, use a smartphone mount and with it you can add a recording feature to your telescope. See our article about reasonably priced telescopes where you can do this.

#3. Sea Scenes

You have an ideal opportunity for capturing nature when visiting or living near or at the coast.

Did you know…

Being by the sea was historically valuable, viewed as beneficial for creativity and health. The therapeutic use of seawater was coined Thalassotherapy in ancient Greece by Hippocrates.

For the clearest ocean water, you could capture the scene at these 34 places in the world.

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A GoPro compatible mask is an option to capture wild sea scenes

For a panoramic capture of your underwater world, get a GoPro compatible snorkel mask with no gag reflex and tubeless design, that’s available at Amazon, learn more.

What Not to Do:

Don’t discount the local risks  — e.g. sharks, stingers, and rifts.

#4. Horticultural Displays

Horticultural displays showcase the beauty of nature in contact with humans.

You can add magic by putting in special rocks and crystals, fairies and flags and capture the moment.

What to Capture:

  • The interactions of people and plants
  • The colors, the textures, the shapes
  • The soil, the ants, the grubs, the blooms

#5. State and National Parks

You can capture wild scenes at State or National Parks.

If you’re considering using a drone, you need to check local rules. Regulations in the US, for example,have limitations on the flying of drones within National Parks with hefty fines relevant.

Otherwise, you can check out the wildlife with binoculars and smartphone attachments.

Capturing wild scenes at national parks

Get in touch with the earth beneath your feet for a freeing experience to if nothing else.

Like…don’t you just love to kick off your shoes?…I do. Check out the Going Barefoot in Public.

#6. Foraging

Foraging provides an opportunity for capturing shots of wild types of foods.

But, care and guidance are needed. There are guided foraging programs in cities and information on sites, like learning to identify plants and forage for wild food and medicine (for Sydneyites) and foraging for traditional native foods.

Some places have foraging tours, like Wild Food Adventures and Pucks Plenty.

There are books on foraging, knowing what to pick, etc., for particular areas. Check out the list at Amazon,  see details here, or at Booktopia (if you happen to be in Australia).

Gear:

  • Knife
  • Backpack
  • GPS Device

Final thoughts

The one certainty is we all benefit from connecting with nature. Being in the fresh air and green spaces are best for our creativity.

In fact, we can’t live without it — literally!

References:

  1. Kardan, Omid. 2015 Neighborhood green space and health in a large urban center. Scientific Reports 5, Article number: 11610   https://www.nature.com/articles/srep11610

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